Bone Grafts Specialist

East Village Dental Center

Comprehensive, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry located in East Village, New York, NY

If you’re getting dental implants, but don’t have enough healthy bone tissue in your jaw, you might need a bone graft. The team of professionals at East Village Dental Center provides safe and effective bone grafts for their patients in New York City’s East Village and can help you build up the bone tissue you need for your dental implants. To learn more, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Bone Grafts Q & A

What is a bone graft?

A bone graft is a procedure that’s performed to stimulate the growth of new bone tissue. Your bones are living organisms and are in a constant cycle of building up new tissue and recycling old tissue. By grafting, or adding bone material to areas that are deficient, you can encourage the development of more new tissue, and ultimately augment your bone tissue.

In dentistry, bone grafts are performed on your jaw, and are also known as ridge augmentation.

Why would I need a bone graft?

A wide range of conditions can cause the bone loss that would necessitate a bone graft, including:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Physical trauma
  • Birth defects

The team at East Village Dental Center typically performs a bone graft if you’re getting dental implants but don’t have enough healthy bone tissue to support the implant. Because dental implants anchor to and fuse with your jawbone, it’s imperative that you have a significant amount of healthy tissue in your jaw. 

Many patients need bone grafts when they’re getting implants to replace missing teeth, because missing teeth in your smile frequently leads to bone loss in your jaw. Your tooth roots provide natural stimulation to your jawbone, which keeps it healthy and constantly regenerating. When your jawbone is deprived of that stimulation, it recycles more tissue than it rebuilds. This loss of bone tissue is called resorption. 

What is bone grafting material made from?

There are a few different types of materials that are particularly well suited for bone grafts, including:

  • Your own bone tissue (autogenous bone graft)
  • Bone tissue from a human donor (allogenic bone graft)
  • Bone tissue from a nonhuman donor (xenogenic bone graft)
  • Synthetic bone material

The team at East Village Dental Center works with you to determine which grafting material is best for your particular dental needs.

What happens during a bone graft?

Bone grafts are actually a fairly simple procedure, and the team at East Village Dental Center uses modern dental techniques and technologies to make your bone graft as streamlined and comfortable as possible. 

Your dentist gently pulls your gum away from your bone to fully expose the area that’s going to receive the graft. Then, they simply fill the defective area with the bone graft material, cover it back up with your gum tissue, and close up your incisions with sutures. As you heal over the next few months, your jawbone will absorb the grafted bone tissue and begin building more healthy tissue on its own.

To learn more about how a bone graft can benefit your smile, schedule a visit with the experts at East Village Dental Center today by calling the office or booking a visit online.